According to a study published online in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, researchers from Stanford University in California have found that for patients with acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia, weekend discharge is not linked with 30-day readmission.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from 266,519 patients with acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia from the 2012 California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development database. Of those patients, 22.5% were discharged during the weekend.
Results showed that the unadjusted 30-day hospital readmission rates were similar for weekend and weekday discharges across all three patient groups. Moreover, weekday discharge was associated with with longer length of stay and more frequent discharge from the hospital to a skilled nursing facility.
"In conclusion, among patients admitted with AMI, CHF, or pneumonia in California, discharge on a weekend is not associated with hospital readmission," the authors conclude. "Future studies on hospital readmissions should use a population-based approach to accurately capture all readmissions following discharge."
For patients with acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia, weekend discharge is not associated with 30-day readmission.